Janet Lincé – Musical Director
Janet is a freelance professional conductor with a particular interest in contemporary and Baroque choral music. She trained at the Guildhall School of Music in London and worked as a freelance singer, accompanist and teacher before taking up her first conducting post in 1990.
Janet has been musical director of numerous choirs in addition to Choros, including Reading Festival Chorus, Royal Leamington Spa Bach Choir, Newbury Choral Society and OUP Choir. For sixteen years she was chorus master for the highly acclaimed Newbury Spring Festival Chorus and from 2012-21 was inaugural conductor of newChoir.
As a guest chorus master with the BBC Symphony Chorus, the Philharmonia Chorus and the London Symphony Chorus Janet has worked for conductors such as Andrew Davis, Richard Hickox, Yakov Kreizberg, Kurt Masur and Mikhail Pletnev. She is greatly in demand as a choir trainer and workshop leader and has travelled widely in the UK, working with choirs and giving workshops throughout the country. She has toured New Zealand several times and in 2003 she was engaged for three months as guest conductor for Auckland Choral with whom she performed Handel’s Messiah and settings of the Gloria by Poulenc, Rutter and Vivaldi.
In 2012 Janet formed Corona Strings, a professional orchestra that has established a fine reputation for its dynamic sound and committed playing. The orchestra includes many period instrument players and several concerts have been given under the name Corona Baroque Ensemble.
Choros was originally formed in London in 1993 under the name Thames Chamber Choir. The name was changed in December 1995 for a World Aids Day concert at St John’s Smith Square and the title stuck when musical Director Janet Lincé moved to Oxfordshire at the end of that year. Choros has gained a considerable following for its innovative programming, high standard of performance, and commitment to local as well as established venues.
From 1997 the choir maintained a regular connection with Deddington Parish Church, performing a concert of Advent Carols by Candlelight almost every year. The choir retired from a regular concert performance schedule following the Advent Carols by Candlelight concert at Deddington Parish Church in December 2021. However, intermittent concerts and other activities will take place from time to time with the Choros Consort.
Through its educational arm Choirworks!, Choros has run choral skills and vocal training workshops, as well as singing days covering works such as Rachmaninov’s Vespers, Duruflé’s Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem and J.S. Bach’s Magnificat.
Musical Director Janet Lincé is available to visit any choir to give workshops at competitive rates to suit the budget. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Reach and repertoire
Choros has always aimed to reach a wide audience, performing a very diverse repertoire, and varying its presentation to suit the venue and programme.
Past performances have included Bach’s Mass in B Minor and St John and St Matthew Passions, Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, and a wide range of a cappella works from the 16th to 21st century. Choros has championed compositions by New Zealand composers and has commissioned new works including a dozen or more for its annual Advent carol concert.
Choros has participated as the semi-chorus in large-scale choral works such as Elgar’s ‘The Dream of Gerontius’, Vaughan Williams’s ‘A sea symphony’, Verdi’s ‘Requiem’ and Britten’s ‘War Requiem’.
Several local and national charities such as the Katharine House Hospice, Botley Alzheimers Home, The Hands Up Foundation and The Woodland Trust have benefited from fund-raising concerts given by the choir.
Choros possesses a considerable library of choral works, many of which are available for hire at reasonable rates. Click here to see the list of works.